Ecological Leadership for California's Flood Management Future Leadership Program, Year 1

Ecological Leadership for California's Flood Management Future

Grant Type: 

  • Leadership Program

Fellows: 

Award Date: 

May 2010

Amount: 

$30,000

Location: 

Nevada City, CA

American Rivers has hired Dr. Mark Tompkins to serve as a technical and policy advisor in high-level stakeholder deliberations on California’s Central Valley Flood Management Plan.  Mark will develop technical studies, provide engineering knowledge, and submit testimony to demonstrate the benefits of ecologically sensitive flood management policy.  American Rivers has been a leading advocate and stakeholder in the initial stages of the two-year Central Valley Flood Management Plan process.  It is leading the effort to advance a new paradigm of non-structural flood risk management that focuses on multiple benefits, including effective public safety and flood protection, restored riverine ecosystems, and resiliency against climate change.  This approach entails restrictions on floodplain development, changes in building codes, planning to encourage sustainable infrastructure, additional land for rivers to flood, changes in reservoir management, and a watershed-wide approach.  Mark will provide needed technical expertise to the organization throughout the process.

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Studying the role of infectious disease and perceptions of ecological change
2014 Fellow Andrea Adams’s dissertation research involves the study of disappearing frogs in Southern California. “One species, the foothill yellow-legged frog (Rana boylii) disappeared from the region during a short period of time in the mid-1960s to early 1970s,” Andrea explains. “One thing that can cause such rapid declines in amphibians is the pathogenic amphibian chytrid fungus. I study this fungus’s distribution and disease dynamics in different amphibian species in Southern California to see if it could have been a major contributing factor to the disappearance of the foothill yellow-legged frog in the region. To do this, I conduct molecular work in the laboratory, as well as field and museum work.”Read more >

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